Traveling abroad in Hindi films — The Nervousness of the Global Indian

Hindi films about Indians traveling abroad have captured the imagination of the audience – if the successes of  Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Queen are any indication. These films are targeted at metropolitan/ multiplex audiences, those likely to be more aligned with the global world than with rural India which is only […]

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In defense of the dramatic

Stories narrated in a dramatic manner attract and engage the masses, especially those from the lower strata whose daily lives are filled with struggle. ‘Masala,’ ‘escapist fare’ offers them nostalgia, inspiration, strength and hope. For, the cinema crafted for them is kinder than their unchanging reality. This causal relationship between income class and preference for […]

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